Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Plug for our Employer

The National Forest Service has, for many years, contracted the day to day management of its campgrounds to the private sector.  Why?  When the Forest Service managed its own campgrounds, the fees collected went directly to the Department of the Treasury.  As one Forest Ranger put it, “it was then like pulling teeth to get Congress to allocate funds to maintain the campgrounds.”  It made sense to issue contracts for bid to the private sector; with a caveat of the contract being that the company awarded the bid would be required to put a certain amount each year into campground upkeep.

We are employed by American Land and Leisure.  AL&L has been in the campground management business for more than 20 years.  Our company manages campgrounds in California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.  I am totally impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of the people we work with at AL&L.
The partnership between American Land and Leisure and the National Forest Service is a beautiful thing.  Our Forest Rangers, Nancy and Lynnette, visit us weekly and keep us posted on the current state of the forest.  The head of the Mountain View Ranger District has attended all our company training sessions and has provided us a wealth of information and contacts.  And when we introduced ourselves at the Mountain View Ranger Station, we were welcomed as friends and as peers.
Interested in being a campground host?  You can reach American Land and Leisure at www.americanLL.com, phone 801-226-3564.  The application process is painless – and almost completely online.  When we put in our application, we were interviewed by telephone, asked to provide the personal information needed for background checks.  Once we passed, we were asked to request our top three choices of campgrounds.  Hoop Lake, our first choice, was available.  And here we are.

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